By: Deisy Olvera

What is A wetland?

Wetlands are areas of marsh, fen, peat land or water, whether natural or artificial, permanent or temporary, with water that is static or flowing, fresh, brackish or salt, including areas of marine water the depth of which at low tide does not exceed six meters.


Conversion of wetlands for commercial development, drainage schemes, extraction of minerals and peat, over fishing, tourism, siltation, pesticide discharges from intensive agriculture, toxic pollutants from industrial waste, and the construction of dams and dikes, often in an attempt at flood protection, are major threats to wetlands everywhere.

How to help wetlands!

  • Pick up all litter and dispose in appropriate trash containers. Keep surface areas that wash into storm drains clean of pet feces, toxic chemicals, fertilizers, and motor oil, which eventually reach and impair our wetlands.
  • Don't mess with animals habitat's.
  • Avoid building near wetlands.

How do wetlands help us!!

  • Wetlands prevent flooding by holding water much like a sponge. By doing so, wetlands help keep river levels normal and filter and purify the surface water.
  • Wetlands also release vegetative matter into rivers, which helps feed fish in the rivers.
  • Many animals that live in other habitats use wetlands for migration or reproduction.